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  • Published: 6 November 2014
  • ISBN: 9780241961971
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 976

The David Foster Wallace Reader




The perfect entry to the essential writing of the late, great David Foster Wallace

A compilation from the one of the most original writers of our age, featuring:

· the very best of his fiction and non-fiction;
· previously unpublished writing
· and original contributions from 12 prominent authors and critics about his work

From classic short fiction to genre-defining reportage, this book is a must for new readers and confirmed David Foster Wallace fans alike

  • Published: 6 November 2014
  • ISBN: 9780241961971
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 976

About the author

David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace wrote the novels Infinite Jest and The Broom of the System, and the story collections Oblivion, Brief Interviews With Hideous Men and Girl With Curious Hair. His nonfiction includes Consider the Lobster, A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again, Everything and More and This Is Water. Wallace was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award and a Whiting Writers' Award. He died in 2008.

'One of the most dazzling luminaries of contemporary American fiction.' Sunday Times

'One of the most influential novelists of his generation: capable of stunning articulacy, moral insight and industry.'Independent

'A dense, agonised, brilliant and moving body of work. It seems miraculous, even heroic, that Wallace achieved what he did.'Sam Leith, Literary Review

'One of those novelists who seem to push along the evolution of the form. You can recognize his prose style by a single sentence.' Benjamin Markovits, Observer

'A wonderfully exuberant comic writer and ironist, a writer of boundless imaginative gifts. His work will continue to be read long into the future.' Jason Cowley, New Statesman

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Praise for The David Foster Wallace Reader

One of the most dazzling luminaries of contemporary American fiction

Sunday Times

There are times, reading his work, when you get halfway through a sentence and gasp involuntarily, and for a second you feel lucky that there was, at least for a time, someone who could make sense like no other of what it is to be a human in our era

Daily Telegraph

A prose magician, Mr Wallace was capable of writing . . . about subjects from tennis to politics to lobsters, from the horrors of drug withdrawal to the small terrors of life aboard a luxury cruise ship, with humour and fervour and verve

Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

A heady reminder of why we got hooked in the first place

Daily Telegraph

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